I've been thinking about naked call lately. Let's say I sell an OTM naked call with a strike of 10. The stock trades at 9.5. The risk is that if the stock shoots past 10, when I am called I have to buy it at the market price, which results in a loss. However, what if after selling the call, I also entered a buy stop order for 10? Then, if the stock hits 10, the stock is purchased and I am covered. Has anyone done this before?
Has anyone done this before?
I'm sure someone has, but it doesn't completely remove any price risk. Suppose you buy it at 10 and it drops to 5? Then you've lost 5 on the stock and have no realized gain on the option (although you could buy back the option cheaply and exit the position).
To completely remove price risk you have to delta hedge. At ATM option generally has a delta of 50%, meaning that the value of the option changes 0.50 for every $1 change in the stock. The downside to delta hedging is you can spend a lot on transaction fees and employ a lot of "buy high, sell low" transactions with a highly volatile stock.